Sunday, 6 September 2015

Love Libraries, Love Books

On this day, the first free lending library was opened. What was Charles Dickens involvement:

Read my blog: Libraries, Thank goodness for men like John Potter.

John Potter, Mayor of Manchester, must have been proud of himself when his library opened its doors for the first time.

Potter pictured below, set up the library under the provisions of the Public Libraries Act of 1850, he spearheaded a campaign to purchase the building and the 18,028 books that filled the shelves. The money, £4156 of which paid for the books, was raised from all areas of society, from a committee of working men to Prince Albert.

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